Saturday, December 27, 2014

Blackwell: Drop Charge For City Job Applications

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell this morning introduced legislation that would roll back a $35 fee the city started charging in 2004 for filing out job applications for city jobs.

Blackwell: Drop Charge For City Job Applications

Jannie Blackwell
Jannie Blackwell

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell this morning introduced legislation that would roll back a $35 fee the city started charging in 2004 for filing out job applications for city jobs.  Blackwell said she did some research and found that more than 7,500 people applied in April for city laborer jobs, raking in more than $263,000 in application fees for the city. "If you hire 100 people, what about the others," Blackwell asked.

Then-Mayor Street introduced the fee in 2004 as a one part of a larger plan to erase a budget deficit.  Blackwell opposed it then and still does. "I don't think it's fair," she said. "It makes the citizens of this city feel like they're being unfairly picked on in this way."

Blackwell's legislation proposes a ballot question, which would ask voters if they want to prohibit the city's Civil Service Commission from imposing the fee.  Blackwell said she hasn't spoken with Mayor Nutter about supporting the legislation. The Law Department, she said, recommended that the legislation be drafted as a ballot question.

About this blog
Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
 Follow Chris on Twitter

Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
 Follow Jenny on Twitter.

Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected